Do you feel pain from the moment you step out of bed? Does every step send shooting pain radiating through your heel? If this is the case, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, which is more commonly known as heel pain.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that pads the surface of the foot, assisting with stabilisation and movement. If this band becomes inflamed or strained, it will cause pain to the sufferer, with this condition being called “plantar fasciitis”.
If too much traction is placed on the plantar fascia, micro tears can occur, causing irritation, pain and inflammation. Usually this pain occurs under the heel, but some people may experience it under the arch of the foot.
The plantar fascia can be overstretched due to over-use (exercising, running, walking or standing for long periods), excess weight (even that which is associated with pregnancy), age (as our ligaments become tighter and shorter as we age) and unsupportive footwear.
Hobsons Bay Osteopathy are the specialist osteopaths in Williamstown for plantar fasciitis, providing tailored treatments to treat the cause of your pain.
We take a holistic approach to our osteopathic services, determining what lifestyle or biological factors could be putting stress on your plantar fascia. By treating or accommodating for these causes, clients can prevent putting further stress on their plantar fascia. For example, high heels can be replaced with supportive footwear, and some excess kilos can be shed to put less burden on the ligaments.